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Shafi Imam and Qunoot

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Q: Shafi imam leads congregation. Is he obligated to read Qunoot at the end? If he doesn't, is his salat valid? The followers are hanafi majority.

A:
If the Imam is a Shaafi'ee, he will read the Qunoot. It is a compulsory Sunnah upon him. This applies to Fajr.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Calculating Missed Salaah

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Q: I would like to know how to calculate the cost for missed salah for my late dad.

A:
The Fidyah for each Salaah is one Fitrah amount, that is, the Sadaqatul-Fitr that is paid out on the occasion of Eidul-Fitr. In the Hanafi maz-hab one has to pay Fidyah for the Witr Salaah as well, making it 6 Qadhaa a day. For each Qadhaa one has to pay one Fitrah amount; so that's 6 Fitras for the day.

The ruling regarding Fidyah for a dead person is that if the deceased had left behind money and had instructed the heirs to pay his or her Fidyah from that money, then payment of Fidyah will be done up to one third of the estate. Over and above that, the heirs will not be obliged to pay any more Fidyah out for the deceased. Heirs are allowed to pay whatever they can afford on behalf of the deceased from their own pocket, and then make Du'aa to Allah Ta'ala that He forgives the deceased for the unpaid Salaahs.

At the time of paying, find out what the Fitrah amount is for the day you choose to pay.

Mufti Siraj Desai

Start of Concessions for Traveller

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Q: When are you classed as a musfair (Islamic traveller) when you are travelling a distance more than 52 miles? Is it the moment you leave your house? This is what I heard so is there any clear proof ?

A:
If a person is travelling for 77.7km or more then he becomes a Musaafir when he leaves the border of his hometown and not when he leaves his house. This is mentioned in the books of Fiqh.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Khutba in English

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Q: I am in the US for a few months and have found most of the masajid have Khutbah in English. I am not familiar with this practice, as in South Africa the Khutbah is in Arabic. Please advise further regarding the Khutbah being in English. Should I attend a masjid which has a full Arabic khutbah, although it is further, or attend the masjid which has English Khutbah and is closer?

A:
It will be better to attend the Masjid with the Arabic Khutbah.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Correcting Imam in Salaah

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Q: Kindly tell me whether we can give luqma (correction of the Imam in Salaah) by speaking one or two verses of Quran in recitation or by just saying subhanallah?

A:
Correction in recitation will be done by saying the correct words and not by saying Subhaanallah.

Subhaanallah will be used for errors in postures.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Lady Leading Taraweeh

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Q: 1. Can a Haafidha (female who memorised the Quran) lead other girls in salaah (i.e. be imaam)?

2. Can a girl or haafida performing Taraweeh on her own read loud?

A:
Salaah in Jamaat for ladies with one lady as Imam is Makrooh tahreemi, even in Taraaweeh. (Durr V1 P609).

She can read so loud that she can hear herself.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 09:27

Ladies reading Taraweeh in Musjid

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Q: I wanted to know if we read taraweeh in a mosque with the imam, how do we read esha salah? And do we read witr after taraweeh? How do we read esha before taraweeh so we can start with the imam?

A:
It is best for a lady to perform all her Salaahs at home.

If you do attend the mosque then why do you not follow the Imam in Esha?
If you do not, then make your own Esha and then join the Imam in Taraaweeh. Make the Fardh and two Sunnah of Esha and thereafter join the Imam.
You will make the Witr after Taraaweeh.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

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